Home and Away - Penny McNamee on what brings her joy at Christmas
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Home and Away, often referred to as H&A as well, is a long-running Australian soap opera written for television. The show is set in the fictional seaside town of Summer Bay in New South Wales, where Tom and Pippa Fletcher run a caravan park together with their six foster children. Home and Away premiered in 1988 and has since then become the second-longest drama series on Australian TV, exceeded only by the immensely popular show Neighbours. Home and Away is well-known for creating story lines around both everyday topics, like foster children and teenage problems, and more controversial themes, like abortion, addiction and domestic violence. The show has been exported to more than eighty countries, turning it into one of Australia's most successful media products of all time.